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Low-Cost, Disposable Lung Infection Detector Developed

October 15, 2014 10:33 am | by University of California - Irvine | Comments

Imagine a low-cost, disposable breath analysis device that a person with cystic fibrosis could use at home along with a smartphone to immediately detect a lung infection, much like the device police use to gauge a driver's blood alcohol level...

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Protein-Based Material Has Some Nerve to It

October 15, 2014 10:23 am | by University of California - Berkeley | Comments

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have taken proteins from nerve cells and used them to create a "smart" material that is extremely sensitive to its environment. This marriage of materials science and biology could give birth to a...

Reprogrammed Skin Cells Could Lead to Alzheimer’s Cure

October 15, 2014 10:01 am | by University of Wollongong | Comments

Neuroscientists from UOW are reprogramming skin cells in order to discover new treatments and ultimately a cure for a range of devastating brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Schizophrenia and Motor Neurone Disease. Dr Lezanne Ooi, from the...

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FDA Approved Leads Safe for Full-Body MRI Scans

October 15, 2014 9:46 am | by Medtronic | Comments

Medtronic announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of its CapSureFix Novus MRI SureScan 5076 Lead for use with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The lead is approved for MRI scans positioned on any region of the body when...

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Device to Enable Pain-Free Injections

October 14, 2014 3:42 pm | by American Society of Anesthesiologists | Comments

Imagine no tears during infant vaccines and no fear of the needle for those old enough to know what’s coming. Such painless injections could be possible with a device that applies pressure and vibration while the needle is inserted in the skin...

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Sensor to Help Optimize Fit of Prosthetics

October 14, 2014 3:29 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

As an amputee walks on a prosthetic leg during the day, the natural fluid in the leg shifts and the muscles shrink slightly. Now imagine the problem that poses for the fit of the prosthesis. There’s a growing need for a solution. The national...

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FDA Approved Software Solution Offers Efficient Monitoring of Lung Cancer Treatment

October 14, 2014 3:15 pm | by Columbia University Medical Center | Comments

Columbia University’s imaging software that facilitates 3D lung tumor segmentation, licensed to Varian Medical Systems, has been incorporated into the Smart Segmentation module of Varian’s Eclipse treatment planning system and has received FDA...

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Experimental Test Reveals Sinus Problems as Allergic, Viral or Bacterial Issue

October 14, 2014 3:09 pm | by Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science | Comments

It’s that time of the year where a perfect storm of fall allergies and cold and flu season will send hordes of sniffling sneezing sufferers to the doctor’s office. Currently, physicians don’t have a quick way to tell if sinus problems are allergic, viral...

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STERIS to Acquire Synergy Health

October 14, 2014 3:02 pm | by STERIS Corporation | Comments

STERIS Corporation and Synergy Health, plc has announced that STERIS is commencing a "recommended offer" under U.K. law to acquire Synergy in a cash and stock transaction valued at £19.50 ($31.35) per Synergy share, or a total of approximately...

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EyeWear Computer Assists Vision Impaired

October 14, 2014 1:09 pm | by Monash University | Comments

Monash researchers have scooped an award at an international symposium on wearable computers. A Monash PhD student Titus Tang and his supervisor Dr Wai Ho Li, from Monash Vision Group and the Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering won the Best Paper Award...

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WHO Seeks Medical Devices, Engineers to Combat Ebola

October 14, 2014 12:47 pm | by AAMI | Comments

The World Health Organization is issuing a call for medical devices, biomedical engineers, and “innovative health technologies” to help combat the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 4,000 people, primarily in West Africa, and rattled nerves in the United States, where one person has died...

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Sharing Data Could Lead to Better Healthcare

October 14, 2014 12:13 pm | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have been awarded a $9.2 million grant to help modernize and transform how researchers share, use, find and cite biomedical datasets. The 3-year project, a collaboration with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, is part of a federal initiative...

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Measuring Snot Stickiness in the Interest of Treating Disease

October 14, 2014 10:58 am | by The Optical Society | Comments

Some people might consider mucus an icky bodily secretion best left wrapped in a tissue, but to a group of researchers, snot is an endlessly fascinating subject. The team has developed a way to use gold nanoparticles and light to measure the stickiness of the slimy substance that lines our airways...

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Stents Not Found to Help Prevent Future Strokes

October 14, 2014 10:24 am | by Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care | Comments

The risk of having another stroke is higher if patients, after dilation of their blood vessels in the brain, not only receive clot-inhibiting drugs, but also have small tubes called stents inserted. However, studies have provided no hint of a benefit from stenting, which is also referred to...

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Wearable Diagnostic Prototype for Chronic Illness Debuted at Dreamforce

October 14, 2014 9:57 am | by Philips | Comments

Today at the Dreamforce 2014 conference in San Francisco, Royal Philips and Nijmegen, the Netherlands-based Radboud university medical center (Radboudumc) announced the debut of a prototype to support patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...

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